Claudio Arrau – Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3, Op. 37 & Piano Sonata No. 28, Op. 101 (2022)
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Claudio Arrau was the youngest of three children of the married couple Don Carlos and Lucretia Leon de Arrau. His mother, who was 43 years old when he was born, gave piano lessons. His father, who worked as an ophthalmologist in Chillán, died in a riding accident when his son Claudio was one year old.Arrau made his first public appearance at the age of five. A scholarship from the Chilean government enabled him to continue his studies in Berlin at the Stern Conservatory from 1913. His teacher Martin Krause, one of the last students of Franz Liszt, not only taught Arrau, but also replaced his father, who died early, and ensured that Arrau received a comprehensive education. When Arrau was 15 years old, Martin Krause passed away. Out of respect for his teacher and his lessons based on Liszt’s teaching, he rejected every other piano teacher and perfected his technical and musical mastery from then on alone. Around 1919, he met the then 13-year-old pianist Grete Sultan in Berlin, with whom he had a lifelong, close friendship. in 1920 he gave his first concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
Memorial plaque at Haus Stübbenstraße 8 in Berlin-Schöneberg, where Arrau lived from 1930 to 1937
After a tour of America in 1923/24, Arrau fell into a deep human and pianistic crisis, which he slowly overcame with the help of the analyst Dr. Abrahamson in Berlin. From 1925 to 1940 he was a professor at the Stern Conservatory. From 1935 to 1937, he performed the complete works of Bach, Mozart and Schubert in concert series. in 1937 he married the Frankfurt mezzo-soprano Ruth Schneider. The marriage produced three children: Carmen (1938-2006), Mario (1940-1988) and Christopher (* 1959).
During the Second World War (1940/41) Arrau emigrated to the USA and settled with his family in the New York borough of Queens. In the following decades, he toured all over the world and gave over 100 concerts a year. Despite this high workload and the development of an enormous repertoire, Arrau dealt with many cultural and intellectual topics in addition to music. He read a lot on his concert tours and, in addition to the German language, also learned English, French and Italian. in 1967, he founded the Claudio Arrau Foundation in New York to support young musicians.
1-1. Claudio Arrau – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: I. Allegro con brio (16:48)
1-2. Claudio Arrau – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: II. Largo (10:58)
1-3. Claudio Arrau – Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37: III. Rondo. Allegro – Presto (09:33)
1-4. Claudio Arrau – Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: I. Allegretto ma non troppo (04:22)
1-5. Claudio Arrau – Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: II. Vivace all marcia (05:09)
1-6. Claudio Arrau – Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: III. Adagio ma non troppo, con affetto (03:07)
1-7. Claudio Arrau – Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Major, Op. 101: IV. Allegro (07:44)